PONTIAC (WWJ) – Oakland County communities will see a decrease in sanitation rates thanks to a new water treatment project.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Pontiac’s diversion project was hosted by Oakland County Water Resources commissioner Jim Nash, who says it’ll benefit over a dozen cities in the area.
“One of the things about the Pontiac Treatment Plant — the water that’s put into the Clinton River from there is pure water – it’s drinkable water, so it’s improving flow, basically doubling flow out of the plant,” said Nash. “A lot of times in the spring and in the summer the Clinton River gets really low – so this will give them much more flow than they used to have, so that’s very good for the environment.”
The Perry Street Diversion Project will allow the city of Pontiac to divert sewer water and clean it at their plant instead of sending it to Detroit says Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman.
“This is good news for the city of Pontiac,” says Waterman. “Anything we can do to help give back, cost savings, to the citizens of Pontiac is something I want to continue to do.”
The project includes a new sanitary pump station and sanitary sewer force main for diversion into the Pontiac Wastewater Treatment Plant. The effort is already underway according to a statement released, meeting contractual obligation to the Great Lakes Water Authority to divert 30 percent of the flow that previously went to the Great Lakes Water Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Pontiac Wastewater Treatment Plant instead.